|6/20/2019 2:50:00 PM|
District 2144 still looking at more cuts
In their first meeting after the 2019 graduating class was presented, the Chisago Lakes School Board had a bit more of bad news to deliver.
Director of Business Services Doug Hasler went over the proposed budget for 2019-20, which is an important one after the revenue shortfall this year led to cuts.
Hasler cited the Minnesota Department of Education Revenue Projection Model in his numbers, as well as Special Education Funding resources available through the MDE, House of Representatives and SCRED, which will bring an estimated increase of $300,000 in per pupil funding for special ed.
The general fund expenditures for 2020, being proposed, are just over $1.3 million less than 2019 numbers, going from $42,135,046 to $40,825,551. Total projected revenues are expected to increase by about $220,000, improving the budget outlook, but still leaving a $359,000 shortfall.
“While this budget includes increased funding support, and budget reductions approved by the board in March 2019, a deficit is projected by June 2020. District administration will be identifying additional budget reduction measures to implement over the course of the 2019-20 budget year,” Hasler said.
“Unfortunately, our budget projection is reflecting a deficit by June 30, 2020. State revenue, though appreciated, was not enough. Secondly, our expenses didn’t come in as positively as we would have hoped despite the initial reductions we made,” Superintendent Dean Jennissen said. “Of course, as was communicated in the spring, the bulk of the reduction impact will be realized during the 2019-20 school year. During the 2019-20 school year we will also have opportunity to reduce this deficit by curbing spending, analyzing and deciding how our resources are allocated and hopefully by gaining additional students. Finally, I would like to re-emphasize, this is our budget forecast for 2019-20. We are still closing out the 2018-19 school year and have June bills to pay. This is another opportunity for things to come in more positively.”